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Elena Raviola


Elena Raviola

Postal Address: Box 603, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Viktoriagatan 13, plan 3 , 41125 Göteborg

Gothenburg Research Institute (More Information)
Box 603
405 30 Göteborg
Fax: +46 31 786 5619
Visiting Address: Viktoriagatan 13, plan 3 , 411 25 Göteborg

About Elena Raviola

ON LEAVE - Works at Academy of Design and Crafts.

My main research interest lies in understanding the role of technology and other material artifacts in organizing professional work. I am more specifically interested in how professional norms, rules, structures and ideas are enacted, changed and maintained, in practice and how technology intervenes in these professional practices, transforming over time what is considered professional. Theoretically, I have mainly worked between institutional theory and actor-network theory.

My main field of investigation has been news production. I have conducted a number of ethnographic studies in Italy, France and Sweden in established and new news organizations, all struggling with the establishment and development of so-called digital journalism. Most recently, I have been following two relatively new trends in journalism, namely entrepreneurial journalism and robotjournalism. Both enabled by digital technologies, they have been different responses to the so-much-debated crisis of journalism and news organizations.

I am at the moment leading a project where we take a multi-actor perspective on news production and try to investigate how different news producers (like newspapers, news agencies, companies, public organizations, PR agencies, communication agencies, event organizers, etc.) altogether contribute to the emergence and development of news in the public debate.

I am also interested in the meeting between the arts and business both in academic and industrial practices. I have done research on artistic interventions, that is the use of art in business and other organizations. I have a deep interest for developing qualitative studies and academic writing and in particular by looking at art practices, such as choreography.

I have studied and worked internationally in different countries. I have been visiting researcher at Stanford, Bocconi University and Sciences Po. I have also worked at Jönköping International Business School and Copenhagen Business School before coming to the School of Business, Economics and Law in Gothenburg.

Research areas

  • Organizing technology, managing professional work, institutional work, news production, qualitative methods

Teaching areas

  • Organization theory, Strategy, Qualitative Methods, Media management

Selected publications

The logic of practice in the practice of logics: practicing journalism and its relationship with business in times of technological changes
, Raviola, Elena, Dubini, Paola
Journal of Cultural Economy, 9(2): 197-213, 2016

Fostering creativity through artistic interventions: Two stories of failed attempts to commodify creativity
Raviola, Elena, Schnugg, Claudia
Artistic Interventions in Organizations: Research, theory and practice, Routledge, 2015

Liberal Arts in Business and Business in Liberal Arts: The View from Bocconi
Dubini, Paola, Raviola, Elena
Routledge Companion to the Humanities and Social Sciences in Management Education, Routledge, 2016

We have never been pure: negotiations between journalism and business in newspaper organizations
Raviola, Elena
: Pallas, Josef; Strannegård, Lars & Jonsson, Stefan (red.) Organizations and the media. Organizing in a medialized world, Abingdon, Oxton : Routledge, s. 96-115, 2014

Skrivande om skrivande
Borgström, Benedikte, Helin, Jenny, Norbäck, Maria, Raviola, Elena

Balancing Tensions During Re-Organization: Duality Management in a Newspaper Company
Achtenhagen, Leona, Raviola, Elena
International Journal of Media Management, Spring 2009, 11:1, s. 32-41, 2009

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New Media and Strategy Research: Towards a Relational Agency Approach
I. T. Gulbrandsen, U. Plesner, Elena Raviola
International Journal of Management Reviews, Journal article 2020
Journal article


Projects as containers of future hopes and dreams. Organizing innovation projects in the newspaper field
Elena Raviola, Maria Norbäck, Rolf Lundin
Media management and digital transformation. Arne L. Bygdås, Stewart Clegg and Aina Landsverk Hagen (red.), Abingdon, Oxon, Routledge, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

Just like any other business or a special case? Framing excess in a Swedish newspaper group
Elena Raviola
Overwhelmed by Overflows? (eds) Barbara Czarniawska and Orvar Löfgren, Lund, Lund University Press , Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

Between market and culture: The case of the Gothenburg Book Fair
Elena Raviola, Josef Pallas, Jaan Grunberg, Claes Thorén
Museum Marketization : Cultural Institutions in the Neoliberal Era. Edited By Karin M. Ekström, London, Routledge, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

Boundary work among groups, occupations, and organizations: From cartography to process
Ann Langley, Kajsa Lindberg, Bjørn Erik Mørk, Davide Nicolini, Elena Raviola et al.
Academy of Management Annals, Journal article 2019
Journal article



Digital technologies and a changing profession New management devices, practices and power relations in news work
U. Plesner, Elena Raviola
Journal of Organizational Change Management, Journal article 2016
Journal article

Liberal Arts in Business and Business in Liberal Arts: The View from Bocconi
Paola Dubini, Elena Raviola
Routledge Companion to the Humanities and Social Sciences in Management Education, Routledge, Chapter in book 2016
Chapter in book

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